A warm welcome to our Marriage Preparation Resource page.
“Marriage preparation should be a kind of ‘initiation’ to the sacrament of matrimony, providing couples with the help they need to receive the sacrament worthily and to make a solid beginning of life as a family”.
Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia
Take at least six months to prepare for your marriage. This goes beyond choosing a date and church, reserving a place for the reception, and picking out dresses. It means using this time to delve more deeply into your relationship and approach this momentous day with prayer and reflection.
In the first instance please arrange to meet with a priest at the local Catholic church where you are resident, (parish priest) as soon as you are engaged to be married.
The parish priest will welcome you both and he will happily discuss your plans with you.
He will set out what needs to be prepared, including help and assistance with the documentation, your personal preparation for married life and the wedding ceremony.
The local priest is your resource to be called on when you need some explanation, help or guidance, even if the wedding is to take place elsewhere.
If you would like to find a Marriage Preparation course in the diocese, click here.
Lists are updated regularly so keep checking in!
Click here for Online and other Marriage Preparation information.
Take a look at some frequently asked questions regarding getting married in the Catholic church.
For further assistance please contact Charlotte McNerlin 020 7931 6064 firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking towards the future please visit our Marriage and Family Life resource page Natural Fertility Awareness.
August 2018 Dublin, at the World Meeting of Families, Colm Fitzpatrick (Journalist, The Irish Catholic) and His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nicholas were speaking about the importance of marriage. Click here.
The Chancery Service
The main work of the Chancery Office is the processing of marriage papers – worldwide - for couples where the Catholic party, at least, is resident within Westminster.
Paperwork is sent to the Chancery from the parishes, it is processed, recorded, and then forwarded to the parish/diocese of marriage. Please click here to contact the Chancery.